Human rights

Human rights

27 March 2020

The Secretary-General and top UN officials held a virtual briefing for Member States to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic as his call for global ceasefires saw positive gains in Colombia, Syria and Yemen and UNICEF continued to procure and ship protective equipment and other vital supplies to affected countries.

24 March 2020

High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said today that broad sectoral sanctions should urgently be re-evaluated in countries facing the COVID-19 pandemic.  Such measures could have a potentially debilitating impact on the health sector and human rights, she added. 

24 March 2020
SG/SM/20019

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, observed on 25 March:

16 March 2020
SG/SM/20012

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims, observed on 24 March:

24 February 2020
SG/SM/19985

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the United Nations Human Rights Council:  “The Highest Aspiration:  A Call to Action for Human Rights”, in Geneva today:

24 February 2020

The Secretary-General visited the World Health Organization (WHO) crisis centre, praising the agency’s efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, urging countries to do their utmost to be prepared, and calling on donors to support WHO.  “If there is truly something stupid to do, it is to not fully fund WHO appeals,” he said.

6 February 2020
SG/SM/19960

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, observed today:

23 January 2020
SG/SM/19946

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the Order of the International Court of Justice on the Request for the indication of provisional measures in the case concerning the Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (The Gambia v. Myanmar):

17 December 2019
GA/12230-HR/5456

Indigenous languages are in danger of extinction unless concrete measures are taken to protect them, speakers warned today, as the General Assembly convened a high‑level event marking the conclusion of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages.

10 December 2019
SG/SM/19903-HR/5455-OBV/1946

Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks on Human Rights Day:  “Youth Standing Up for Human Rights”, in New York today:

6 December 2019
SG/A/1931-BIO/5291-HR/5453

United Nations Secretary‑General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Nada al‑Nashif of Jordan as Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights.  She will succeed Kate Gilmore of Australia to whom the Secretary‑General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights are deeply grateful for her dedicated service to the United Nations human rights programme during the past four years.

6 December 2019
SG/A/1932-BIO/5292-HR/5454

United Nations Secretary‑General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Ilze Brands Kehris of Latvia as Assistant Secretary‑General for Human Rights and Head of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in New York.  She will succeed Andrew Gilmour of the United Kingdom to whom the Secretary‑General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights are deeply grateful for his long‑standing contribution to the work of the Organization.

3 December 2019
SG/SM/19891-HR/5452-OBV/1942

Following is UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ message for Human Rights Day with the theme:  “Youth standing up for human rights”, observed on 10 December:

25 November 2019
SG/SM/19875-ECO/320-HR/5450

Following is the text of UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ video message to the United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights, in Geneva today:

25 November 2019
SG/SM/19877-HR/5451-OBV/1939

Following is UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ message for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, observed on 3 December:

30 October 2019
DSG/SM/1363-HR/5449

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s remarks at the event to commemorate 10 years since the establishment of the Office of the Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, in New York today:

1 October 2019
SG/SM/19789-HR/5448-OBV/1919

Following is UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ message for the International Day of Non‑Violence, observed on 2 October:

25 September 2019
SG/SM/19766-HR/5447

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at an event on the thirtieth anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in New York today:

24 September 2019
SG/SM/19762-HR/5445-PI/2273

Following is UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ message to the United Nations Core Group meeting on “Ending Hate Speech against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender People in Social and Traditional Media — Freedom of Speech vs. License to Hate”, in New York today:

24 September 2019
DSG/SM/1337-HR/5446-WOM/2189

Following are UN Deputy Secretary–General Amina Mohammed’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the Every Woman, Every Child high-level event and reception “Delivering together for the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents to advance universal health coverage”, in New York today: